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Call from Tarrant: Be fair with redistricting, ‘stand on the right side of history’

BY ANNA M. TINSLEY Fort Worth Star Telegram

October 09, 2019

"Do the right thing.

That was the message delivered Wednesday to Texas lawmakers from a number of North Texans who asked the Texas House Redistricting Committee — which held a legislative hearing Wednesday in Fort Worth — to stop dividing local communities of interest, primarily Hispanic and African-American populations."

State committee to host public forum Oct. 10 in Dallas on upcoming state and congressional redistricting

By Olivia Lueckemeyer Community Impact Dallas Fort Worth Metro

October 9, 2019

“It is critically important that as many members of the public as possible provide the committee with descriptions of how legislative and congressional district lines have had an impact on their communities, and how it has affected their ability to influence their state and congressional representatives under the current boundaries,” the Fair Maps Texas statement read.

Texas lawmakers want to hear from Tarrant County: How should redistricting maps change?

BY ANNA M. TINSLEY Fort Worth Star Telegram

OCTOBER 08, 2019

“The purpose of the hearings is to have citizens give input about the redistricting process and their communities,” according to a statement from Fair Maps Texas, a nonpartisan group trying to improve the redistricting process.

 

Redistricting In 2021 Will Shape Texas Politics For The Next Decade

By KIM JOHNSON & DALLAS WILLIAMS • Texas Public Radio- The Source

SEP 12, 2019

"What are the main concerns when it comes to redistricting? What's at stake for Texas voters? Can lawmakers be trusted to draw good-faith maps that accurately reflect the state’s fast-growing racial minority populations?"

Redistricting Hearing Draws a Crowd; Testimony Criticizes Gerrymandering

By JJ Velasquez The Rivard Report

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

“We will not allow our black and Hispanic brothers and sisters to be disenfranchised forever and ever,” said Sister Gabriella Lohan, a Catholic nun representing the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Lohan’s comments echoed a chorus of testimony that promised lawmakers would be held to account to ensure the 2021 maps would be drawn fairly.“

Texas Lawmakers Hear From Public as They Prepare to Redraw Political Maps in 2021

By Karina Kling Spectrum News Austin 
PUBLISHED 7:37 PM CT Sep. 10, 2019

Click the video link above to watch our interview with Joaquin Gonzalez, a staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project whose organization is part of a coalition of voting rights groups focused on redistricting, known as Fair Maps Texas.

Texans Decry Fragmented Politcal Districts

By Chuck Lindell Austin American Statesman

Posted Sep 10, 2019 at 6:43 PMUpdated Sep 10, 2019 at 6:59 PM

"Many Austin-area residents who testified before the House Redistricting Committee condemned the map, drawn after the 2010 census, that broke the strongly Democratic county into five far-flung congressional districts, four of which are represented by Republicans.

The result, several said, has been artificially split communities, diluted political clout, created apathy in voters and focused representatives on other parts of the state, not Austin."

‘Keep us out of court.’ Public calls for transparency ahead of 2021 redistricting

BY TESSA WEINBERG Fort Worth Star Telegram

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 08:22 PM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 08:22 PM

"Stephanie Swanson, who spoke on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Texas and its Austin chapter, called for incumbents to refrain from drawing their own districts. Swanson also asked that lawmakers’ communication related to the process be preserved and that a report be issued explaining how maps were drawn.

State Lawmakers Begin Taking Public Input As They Prepare To Redraw Political Maps In 2021

By ASHLEY LOPEZ, KUT • SEP 10, 2019

“A coalition of voting rights groups focused on redistricting, known as Fair Maps Texas, said in a statement they want 2021 to be different.

“Not only do we want to prevent the same mistakes from happening again,” the groups said, “but we also want public input at these hearings to be taken seriously.””

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